Two Asian cities that can both be considered unmissable in their own right, the Eastern and Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore takes passengers on an unforgettable journey through Thailand and on to Malaysia in unrivaled luxury. Passing some of the continent’s most stunning landscapes en route, and calling off at places of international historic importance, this unique blend of culture and opulence makes for the odyssey of a lifetime, spread across four fascinating days.
Arrive in Bangkok to climb aboard your new home from home, the Eastern and Oriental Express. Departing the Thai capital early-evening, once you have pulled away from the city it’s time to dress or an elegant on board dinner, before either retiring to your cabin now transformed into a cosy bedroom or heading to the Bar Car to enjoy sumptuous cocktails and relax with fellow travellers.
Wake to enjoy a wonderful breakfast, before disembarking at the word famous River Kwai Bridge station. Step onto a boat for a leisurely river cruise, a truly unforgettable experience, while a knowledgeable guide offers insights into the turbulent history of the area. Later in the morning, choose an optional tour of the evocative and emotive war museum and cemetery, or simply relax at your own pace.
Return to the train for a delicious lunch, served as you pull away from the station, with an elegant, international-standard dinner prepared in the evening, after which it’s either time to retire to bed, or head back to the Bar Car for another night of delectable drinks and fantastic company with the other passengers.
Wake to enjoy one of life’s great little treats breakfast in bed, in this instance made even more rewarding thanks to the incredible scenery passing by out of the train window as the journey continues through Malaysia. Following brunch, disembark at the Butterworth station and make the crossing to Penang Island, a landscape teeming with pre-World War II mosques, temples, churches, bazaars and shophouses.
Rejoin the train for an early-evening departure, with a refreshing cocktail greeting you on arrival, live piano music and one final, glamorous dinner served on board. Finally, make a beeline for the Bar Car, or simply head back to your cabin to rest.
Arriving into Singapore in the late-morning, you’re free to experience one of the most exciting and futuristic cities on the planet, whether that’s exploring the streets of downtown, heading to a museum or art gallery.